Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Christina Makes the Bookish Rounds (60)

Christina Makes the Bookish Rounds is a feature that will let you know about recent MG/YA/NA book related news. I'll post about articles from the publishing industry, cover reveals, discussions from fellow bloggers, the latest tv/movie news, and giveaways that you're hosting. If you would like to follow along with cover reveals during the week, see my Pinterest.

Rights Report 1:
  • Every Exquisite Thing - Matthew Quick (It centers on Nanette O'Hare, a high school girl who is given a mysterious out-of-print cult classic by a beloved teacher; the book sparks the rebel within Nanette, but she quickly learns there will be a high price to pay. It's slated for spring 2016; the Weinstein Co. has acquired film rights. Little ,Brown).
  • The Thing About Jellyfish - Ali Benjamin (It tells of a 12-year-old girl who becomes convinced that her estranged best friend's drowning was caused by a rare jellyfish sting, and is determined to find out the truth even if it means traveling to Australia, alone, to prove it. Publication is scheduled for fall 2015; Little, Brown).
  • Not As We Know It -Tom Avery (It's the story of twin brothers – one sick with cystic fibrosis, the other healthy – who find a mysterious creature on the beach. Publication is planned for summer 2016; Random House's Schwartz & Wade Books).
Julie Leung's debut MICE OF THE ROUND TABLE, a retelling of the Camelot story from the point of view of the court's humblest creatures, pitched as drawing inspiration from Brian Jacques's Redwall and Arthurian myths like T.H. White's The Once and Future King, to Harper Children's.

Veronica Rossi's RIDERS, the story of four modern-day teens brought together by an enigmatic girl, who unwittingly become incarnations of the four horsemen of the apocalypse, tasked with protecting mankind against an ancient evil; told through the eyes of a young army Ranger candidate who becomes the embodiment of War, and SEEKER, told from the perspective of the visionary girl with whom the Ranger falls in love, to Melissa Frain at Tor for publication in Winter 2016 and 2017.

Feiwel and Friends goes large in its deal for Cecelia Ahern’s YA debut.

From Last Week:
  • Quiet Power: The Secret Strengths of Introverts - Susan Cain (based on her bestseller for adults, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking. The new version will focus on the strengths and challenges of being an introverted child and teenager. Publication is set for May 2015; Dial).
Interviews: In a Handful of Dust - Mind McGinnis, Watch out Katniss and Tris -- Here Comes Clariel (with Garth Nix), In the Afterlight - Alexandra Bracken, Crazy - Linda Vigen Phillips, Stitching Snow - R.C. Lewis

Excerpts: The Retribution of Mara Dyer - Michelle Hodkin, Tuesdays at the Castle - Jessica Day George

Book Trailers: Timmy Failures #3: We Meet Again, In the Afterlight - Alexandra Bracken (watch it again!)

Awards: The Top Ten YA books from YALSA for 2014 have been announced. Eleanor and Park seems to be a consistent contender on so many lists. Also here are the nominees for the 2015 Carnegie Medal and the nominees for the 2015 Kate Greenaway Medal.

There’s more Percy Jackson coming out soon. PJ’s Greek Heroes!

Veronica Roth and Garth Nix in conversation in Chicago. Spoiler for Divergent series is marked in the description - from Epic Reads.

Simon & Schuster reached a deal with Amazon about e-book prices. Still no word on the Hachette front.

The Pearson Foundation is donating $1.3 million to First Book, the nonprofit devoted to transforming the lives of children in need and elevating the quality of education.

Taylor Swift made a video with Scholastic about the power of reading.

Scholastic also recently celebrated its 94th anniversary.

The #WeNeedDiverseBooks foundation is establishing a Walter Dean Myers award.

The Dregs by Leigh Bardugo is now The Six of Crows.

Curious about some of the conferences as of late? Here are some pictures from the Texas Teen Book Festival and from NY ComicCon.

A brief summary of author and industry events last week.

David Handler has a plan to help indie bookstores.

Cover Reveals:

young adult cover reveals
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The Demon's Deadline - Tori Centanni

*sadly forgot to include

Discussion/Other Blog Posts:

SO COOL. Epic Reads has situated YA historical fiction within a timeline of historical events in their Age of YA chart.

Which of these 13 most anticipated novels pubbing in November are you most interested in?

What happens when you get the feels in public? Do you scuttle off to the privacy of your room or let everyone see?

Some spooky quotes for you for this upcoming Halloween… And looking for spooky reads? Here are some recommendations.

In other cool news, Meg Wolitzer defends adults who read YA in this NYT piece.

‘She’ for ‘He’ in children’s books: a call to portray more women as they really are.

What. Tom Hanks published a short story in the New Yorker.

What do you think President Obama’s library should look like?

Why the HP Books are so influential all around the world. (We feel connected to J.K. Rowling’s mischievous, sensitive, brave main character, of course. But Harry is also one of the last characters through whom we could feel connected to each other.)

Which of these 4 YA book trends will you be looking out for? Here are also 45 YA books to look out for fall/winter.

To Honor Hispanic Heritage Month, YA authors talk about why we need diverse books.

You probably already heard about Kathleen Hale’s article in Guardian, but if you haven’t: Buzzfeed’s account, an open letter to Kathleen Hale, Jennifer Armentrout proving some authors are cool, Dear Author analyzing what happened, and another analysis.

Which six YA novels take place in a day? Can you guess them?

Which YA characters can’t you trust? Here are 5 from Barnes & Noble.

What would you do if you got locked in a Waterstones after they’d closed?

You remember the Facebook trending topic of books that changed your life? Facebook revisited the topic, including information from other countries. Check out the results here.

Read whatever the hell you want: why we need a new way of talking about young adult literature.

** Kelly at Stacked Books: 7 Steps to Protect Your Privacy as a Blogger
** Ashley at Nose Graze: Registration is Open! Learn How to Make a WordPress Theme
** Ashley at Nose Graze: CPU and Memory on Your Self Hosted Blog
** Ashley at Nose Graze: How I Organize My Computer Files

Blogging and Bloggers:
** Rita at Blog Genie: The Anatomy of an Insanely Useful Resource Page
** Amy at Ten Penny Dreams: When an idea comes to nothing
** Stephanie at Chasm of Books: Work, Writing, Reading -- Where’s the Time?
** Becca at Pivot Book Reviews: To Pseudo Name or Not to Pseudo Name
** Shae at Shae Has Left the Room: #RBWL Fall 2014 Recap
** Sarah at Workaday Reads: Blogging Leading to Authoring
** Ashley at Nose Graze: What Kind of Blogger am I?
** Kelley at Oh, The Books!: When All Your Lives Start to Blend Together

Ratings, Reviews, ARCs, and Authors:
** Kara at Diary of a Teen Writer: My Rating System
** Sana at Artsy Musings of a Bibliophile: Thirteen Authors and YA Horror
** Lili at Lili’s Reflections: Creepy Reads for Squeamish Readers
** Asti at Oh, The Books!: Monsters - Scary or Marry
** Kelley/Asti/Leanne at Oh, The Books!: Witches & Dark Magic
** Gillian at Writer of Wrongs: Coffee and Comfort Reads
** Rachel at Parajunkee: Justify Reviewing a DNF - Why Should I?

So THAT thing happened:
** Alica at a Kernel of Nonsense: The Kathleen Hale Effect
** Stephanie at Chasm of Books: An Open Letter: Don’t Go to the Dark Side, Their Cookies Are Burned
** Amanda at Book Badger: Harassment, stalking, and refusing to stand down
** Jamie at the Perpetual Page-Turner: A Personal Response to a Shocking Thing That Happened
** Emily at Reverie Rhapsody: The Issue of Hale
** Sydney at Utterly Bookish: The Unfortunate Happenings of This Weekend and What They’ve Meant to Me
** Josephine at Word Revel: Online Safety: In Response to Kathleen Hale

The Experience:
** Carmel at Rabid Reads: Have you ever read an entire only to think “Why did I read that whole book?”
** Amanda at Book Badger: I’m a Naughty Reader, I Cheat
** Jamie at the Perpetual Page-Turner: In Theory I Like Re-reading
** Gillian at Writer of Wrongs: When Mood Interferes with Your Reading (How to Fix it)
** Debby at Snuggly Oranges: Father/Daughter Relationships
** Emz at Icy Cold Reads: How Do You Picture Characters
** Anya at On Starships & Dragonwings: Love in YA: Make Me Believe
** Renae at Respiring Thoughts: Second Chance Romance
** Ana at Read Me Away: Book Romances I Like

Hey YA:
** Kel at Booked Till Tuesday: YA Imprints
** Kelly at Stacked Books: Put a Moon on It: The Moon on YA Book Covers
** Sam at S.I.K. Book Reviews: Moving away from YA?

Libraries & Bookshelves & Bookstores:
** Ruby at Feed Me Books Now: A Creative Space to Create
** Amy at Ten Penny Dreams: Tips for color coding your bookshelf
** Tanja at Ja Ĩitam, a ti?: Where to order that book
** Alice-Jane at Crazy Red Pen: Home Libraries
** Amber at The Mile Long Bookshelf: My Favorite Bookshop
** Genevieve at The Reading Shelf: The Fun of Organizing My Bookshelf

Books, Books, Books:
** Ruby at Feed Me Books Now: Would you rather be a novel or a poem?
** Rose at Chapter Break: Uninvited Discussion Guide
** Rose at Chapter Break: Ownership of the Novel
** Alice at Of Books: Books That Have Taught Me about Self-Respect
** Christina at A Reader of Fictions: Journey to the Backlist
** Sophie at PaperBreathers: Bookish People on the Bus

Movies/Other TV Shows:

The trailer for Morganville Vampires has been released.

Looks like the adaptation of Blood Red Road might be moving along soon...

A new trailer for Mockingjay!! I may have already added this last week, but who cares. Also here are the world premiere details for THG: Mockingjay. Also more marketing details were announced for Mockingjay, including “District Voices.”

Paramount has optioned the Wattpad sensation, After, by Anna Todd.

From what I understood last week, it wasn’t 100% that there would be even more HP films after Fantastic Beasts, but this week, it’s confirmed that Warner Brothers is planning a spin-off.

An Australian producer has just optioned Abbi Glines’s “While It Lasts.”

Ron Livingston has joined the cast of the 5th Wave.

Weinstein co. has optioned Matthew Quick’s latest novel (which was announced above).


Adventures in Children's Publishing giveaways: 10/27, 10/31.

Giveaways listed at Saturday Situation by Lori of Pure Imagination and Candace of Candace's Book Blog.

Don't forget to enter YABC's giveaways for the month.

Sci-fi and Fantasy Friday {SF/F Reviews and Giveaways}.

The Body Electric - Beth Revis, US/CA, ends 11/04.

15 Wonderfully Diverse MG novels, US only, ends 10/31.

Scholastic October giveaways, US/CA, ends 10/31.

Spooktacular giveaway hop, ends 10/31, each giveaway specific to each blog.

The Darkest Minds books, US, ends 10/26.

Books from Little, Brown, US only, ends 10/26.


New Releases: Blue Lily, Lily Blue (Raven Cycle #3) by Maggie Stiefvater, Stone Cold Touch (Dark Elements #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout, The Ice Dragon by George RR Martin, Sorcerer's Heir by Cinda Williams Chima, Famous in Love by Rebecca Searle, Follow Me Through Darkness by Danielle Ellison, Time's Edge (Chronos File #2) by Rysa Walker, How It Went Down by Kekla Magoon, Beware the Wild by Natalie C. Parker, By Way of Accident by Laura Miller, Ticker by Lisa Mantchev, Loop by Karen Atkins.

Recent Recommended Reads: No reviews this week, but if I were you… why not check out the Darkest Minds series?

Which articles did you like best? Did I miss any news? Did you host a cover reveal or discussion that I should have posted about? A giveaway? Leave the links, and I'll either edit this post or post about 'em next week.


  1. Not as we know it has an interesting sound. Twin brothers, one sick, one healthy..
    Quiet power might be a book for me - or at least the version for grown-ups.
    Six of crows, I like it, but I hope they name the series The dregs :D
    Illusionarium has a pretty cover. I'm SO EXCITED. I loved Entwined. Magonia: I like it.

    Epic Reads has the best flow charts! And from their 13 most anticipated books. I thought A thousand pieces of you was pretty good. MORTAL HEART, can't wait to get a finished copy (and I will put your ARC on the mail tomorrow!) I have to get started in Forbidden soon.

    "But then I remember that the truth about reading is that when you’re absorbed in a good book, thoughts of the other books on your reading “to do” list fall away. The book in your hot hands at that very moment solves all your desires and needs." --> THIS. Agreed.

    The article with 45 YA titles for your October - December radar is so handy, thanks!

  2. That reminded me of In the Shadows even though they're not twins. Quiet for adults was kind of empowering if you want to give it a shot! Some thought provoking stuff. Maybe your book club pick? And The Dregs would make for a cool series name...

    I KNOW THIS FLOW CHART WAS SO AWESOME. Let me know how Forbidden goes! I'm currently reading A Thousand Pieces of You - will compare with you later :D. Your finished copy of MH will come soon though - release date is coming up so fast!

    Yes. Perfect quote to pick.

    And I love the articles that highlight a bunch of titles for you like that too. :)

  3. I will definitely be reading Veronica Rossi's Riders book…can't wait!

    And yes, The Darkest Minds series. I am so ready for the last book, but I hope it won't be disappointing. I actually just finished the last book in a trilogy and the ending was so confusing. Two brothers…one died, but it made it unclear which one. What???? So sick of being disappointed in the last book in a series. I may have to write a ranty post. ~Pam

  4. Hey, Pam! I saw your recent review of Mistborn + your quick thoughts on In the Afterlight and I'm so excited! Extra excited now that Alex Bracken is one of your auto-buy authors & the series wasn't disappointing for you :D :D. I'm glad it wasn't at all like this other book (whaaaat sounds like such a cliffhanger to not tell you who died -- is there really not another book in the works?).

    I hope the new Veronica Rossi books meet your expectations!


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